06/09/2010 10:49 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Peter Sussman: Bethenny Frankel's Secret First Husband

'Real Housewives of New York' star Bethenny Frankel has opened up about how her recent wedding to Jason Hoppy was not her first. Just in time to promote her new show 'Bethenny Getting Married' Frankel has talked more about why she was also married in her 20's.

She has openly spoken of her many past engagements, but not much about the marriage.

From the Life & Style press release touting the exclusive:

When Bethenny Frankel married Jason Hoppy in March, it turns out it was actually her second wedding. Life & Style can exclusively reveal that the Real Housewives of New York City star wed her former best friend Peter Sussman in 1996 -- but the marriage fell apart after just eight months. Now, Bethenny opens up to Life & Style about her past with first husband, Peter.

"We were best friends for five years, and he always wanted to be more," says the natural-foods chef, who eventually accepted Peter's persistent advances. The pair dated for two years before saying "I do." Sadly, Bethenny realized that the relationship made her feel secure but was totally lacking in passion. "I felt like, 'This is really it? This is the person I'm going to spend the rest of my life with?'" she says. "You can't go to bed with a piece of 8-by-10 paper."

Now older and wiser, the self-made and independent Bethenny knows she wed Peter for the wrong reasons. "I loved him because of how much he loved me," she tells Life & Style. "I got married too young. I didn't wait for the great love of my life."